Conversations with Sam

Some losses are gains

Not every loss is a loss. Some losses are gains. One of my past fears and biggest struggles was losing someone I loved - a separation from a close friend or loved one. Especially a separation that wasn’t amicable. Because of this fear, I tolerated the intolerable from...

The Past is not just the past

There is a popular phrase that encourages us to ‘let the past be the past’. I disagree with this. The past should not just be the past. It should be a teacher of life lessons. It should be a rearview mirror – one which is glanced at now and then to ensure present and...

From bad to worse

In one of my darkest moments in the past, I sought encouragement from an older friend. The conversation we were having was about navigating my way out of an abusive marriage. Her advice was seasoned with personal experience, life lessons and a ‘do or die’ perspective....

How not to be re-traumatized and triggered

Trying to not be re-traumatized or triggered into feeling unpleasant emotions is perilous.  Who wants to be reminded of a painful past, to be triggered to feel rubbish about themselves, or to be in pain? How nice it would be if one lived as one had never been hurt,...

Golden Jars

Kintsugi, which translates to ‘golden joinery’ (or Kintsukuroi, which means ‘golden repair’), is the centuries-old Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with a special lacquer dusted with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. Beautiful seams of gold glint in the cracks...

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